Trans guidance for schools

The Government recently announced the draft trans guidance for schools has been delayed again...

The Brunswick Centre deliver LGBTQ+ young people services in Calderdale and Kirklees and, we believe that the Government should be providing support to schools in offering the best possible education for all children and young people. Recent statements however appear to downplay the well-known benefits of social transition and is causing further confusion for schools.

If schools were to follow the Government's advice as it stands, it could potentially create a harmful and unfair environment for trans young people. We have already witnessed distressing examples of this happening, exacerbating the difficulties trans young people already face, such as higher levels of bullying, absenteeism, and poor mental health. It's important to note that no official guidance has been issued yet, and schools are not obligated to follow the Government's approach at this stage.

While we patiently await the official guidance, we strongly recommend that schools prioritise the safety and well-being of trans young people. It is crucial that they act within the existing laws, which state that a young person cannot be excluded from single-sex spaces without a fair reason.

Our aim is to assist schools and parent, protecting the rights of young people as we all this ever-changing landscape as effectively as possible.

Young LGBTQ+ people in Calderdale and Kirklees can access our services such as one to one support and various groups. We also have a number of initiatives for parents of trans young people. Currently we are also working with partners to provide greater clarity at a local level. The Brunswick Centre is also actively developing additional information for those who work with young LGBTQ+ people. This valuable resource will be made available for free before the start of the Autumn term.

For those looking for additional support, please contact us.

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